It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line was decimated by injuries in the 2012 season. Could those woes be spreading into the 2013 season already?
Not so fast. Guard Evan Mathis confirmed that he has undergone an ankle “cleanout” (I believe that is the technical term) that will keep him out of spring workouts. However, he expects to be ready to go in time for training camp this summer.
Mathis underwent a minor procedure that was described by CSNPhilly as
a “clean out” and said it wasn’t to repair any specific injury but just to address swelling and discomfort Mathis had been experiencing.”
Soon after Lane Johnson was drafted by the Birds as the fourth overall pick by the Birds in last month’s draft, speculation began about the future of Danny Watkins, himself a first round pick in 2011 that has performed nowhere near expectations. In short, it was believed that, if Watkins has any future in professional football, it will be north of the border in the CFL.
That move may come eventually but it will likely be delayed by Mathis’ recovery, as Watkins is now anticipated to take first team reps in Mathis’ place.
It’s not certain at this stage where Johnson will lineup. If he plays at right tackle, then Todd Herremans will presumably return to his former position of left guard with Mathis switching to the right side. Where would that leave Watkins? That’s a very good question.
If anything, this serves as a reminder of how nothing is a done deal this early in the offseason.